The 7-day isolation rule for people who contract Covid-19 may be reduced to ease the pressure on employers.
The Irish Independent reports the government is examining the move after concerns were raised about staff shortages as the country deals with the latest wave of the virus.
In the US, those who test positive but have no symptoms only have to isolate for five days. While people with covid in England are no longer legally required to self-isolate.
A World Health Organisation expert says face-masks and social distancing should return in confined places in Ireland.
Face-coverings have not been mandatory apart from health care settings setting since February 28th but Covid cases have surged since then.
1,419 patients were in public hospitals with the virus last night, compared to only 596 when the mask mandate was lifted last month.
Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's special envoy on Covid, says it's time to wear masks again;
"I would say to everybody why not wear a mask when numbers of cases are rising like they are in Ireland right now. Don't wait for the authorities to order it."
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